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* SCC leads charge to lower textbook costs for students

Beginning Winter Quarter, Shoreline Community College students will be able to purchase certain textbooks for $30 or less. 


Students who enroll in Paul Herrick’s Intro to Logic, Linda Khandro’s Intro to Oceanography or Federico Marchetti’s Intro to Statistics will have the luxury of purchasing the discounted textbooks as well as access to a world of digital resources.


These classes will be part of a new consortium of 81 classes designed by faculty across the state to help students afford college and textbooks.  The instructors are working with eLearning Directors, librarians and others to help identify high quality, affordable textbooks.


Lowering the price of textbooks for students is only a part of the Open Course Library Project that was designed to expand access and success rates for students.  Instructors and students will have access to digital resources that have already been proven highly effective for learning and teaching and resources that will be developed by faculty in our state.


The instructors will also have access to new digital resources available through a global open educational resources bank (open educational resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute), as well as content development tools and online learning communities.


The grant, funded through the State Board for Technical and Community Colleges, also provided funding for eLearning and librarian support for SCC faculty members Herrick, Khandro and Marchetti, who each received $15,000 to develop their courses. 


Ann Garnsey-Harter, Director of eLearning, received $1,000 for each course development grant to provide eLearning support, and librarians Jonathan Betz-Zall and Mike Wood received $15,000 grants to help them identify relevant, high quality instructional materials (open content, open textbooks, etc.) for use in the Open Library courses.  A grant manager will also provide support.


These commonly taught courses will be openly licensed through SBCTC so that all Washington state colleges and universities, as well as the world, can freely use and modify them.  All colleges will benefit by having access to the educational resources and shared knowledge. 


The pilot courses will first be offered Winter Quarter 2011.


                                                             SCC/Donna Myers

* Equity and Social Justice new name for SCC program

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The Equity and Social Justice program has a new Web site. Check it out at:


Awareness can come naturally.  Understanding, however, often takes education and reflection, things Shoreline Community College has offered students in the multicultural arena since the 1970s.


“Shoreline has always valued multicultural understanding,” Betsey Barnett, Multicultural Studies instructor, said.  “It’s been a core of our college.”


Barnett said the program that started as an American Ethnic Studies curriculum has evolved over the decades. That growth will continue this fall when the program takes on a new name: Equity and Social Justice.


“Equity and Social Justice really embraces the core programs that we teach,” Barnett said.


The new name reflects the program's focus and its journey.


Over the years, new courses were designed and added in response to current issues, disparate views and world challenges.  Women’s Studies courses were developed, and with time, the scope of the curricula expanded.  Then came deaf studies, environmental justice, gender studies and examining power and privilege issues surrounding race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, environment.


With the more contemporary, diverse course offerings, Barnett said faculty realized that the name of the department no longer reflected the entirety of the program and course outcomes.  A proposal was submitted to the college Curriculum Committee this past winter to change the department name from Intra-American Studies to Equity and Social Justice. 


While more descriptive of the program, Barnett says the bottom line for the name change was really for students – to make it easier for them to transfer the credits to four-year schools.


Previously, courses labeled IAS transferred as various Social Science and Humanities courses on a case-by-case basis.  Barnett says that most multicultural courses transfer as American Ethnic Studies, History, Gender and Women’s Studies or as Social Science or Humanities electives.


"In our curriculum revision, we coded each of our courses according to how they transfer to colleges in Washington state,” Barnett said, adding that under the former format, that wasn't possible and also have all the courses under one umbrella.


“It will be confusing at first, we know, as people try to find us under IAS, so we hope that everyone will help explain this to students,” Barnett said.


Barnett said most classes and most instructors will be the same. New this fall will be the program name and three new sub-headings – Gender and Women’s Studies; American Ethnic Studies; and Multicultural Studies.


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                                                         Donna Myers/SCC

* Commencement 2010 rhymes with student success


Angie Carranza smiles and waves as she files out of the 2010 Shoreline Community College Commencement. More photos

More than 500 Shoreline Community College students turned into Shoreline Community College graduates on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Although participating in Commencement isn't required to graduate, an increasing number of students are choosing to don cap and gown and march down the aisle in an acknowledgement of their achievments.

"Commencement is always an inspiring moment," said SCC President Lee Lambert. "Many of these students overcome great obstacles, show incredible perserverance to attain their goals. When you see what they do to get an education, it just reinforces our resolve to everything we can as a college to help them."

One of those inspiring students was chosen to give the annual student address -- Angela Carranza.

Carranza said that growing up in her Chicago neighborhood, she saw a number of friends die in gang-related violence and going to college was not a given. Carranza, who has been accepted to Seattle University where she will study sociology, told her story in a poem:

I grew up in a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side

My life planned out for me: find a husband, be a bride

Then become a mother, have a kid or two or three

But changing dirty diapers - man, that wasn’t me

Not a word about college was spoken in our home

My father, the patriarch, ruled from his throne

I was stubborn and opinionated, much to his chagrin

And when we had an argument, I always fought to win

I was a Latina: I should learn to iron, sew and cook

And if I learned all that, then maybe I could read a book

He just didn’t understand the struggle in my heart

He just couldn’t see that our ideas were worlds apart

And even though I loved him, I began to rebel

The more he tried to silence me, the louder I would yell

The world beyond our home loudly called my name

A world where violence ruled and your brutality gained you fame

I was completely fascinated by the chaos of the street

I learned when to stay and fight and when I should retreat

The leader of the gang tried to keep me from harm’s way

He’d ask for my report card, shake his head, and say:

“You’re too smart to stay here; your grades are really good

Mija, go to college. You gotta leave the ‘hood.

Don’t pretend that you’re not smart just to please some stupid guy

You gotta get away from here. Tell me that you’ll try.”

But I just wouldn’t listen, I was stubborn as a mule

And middle of my Senior year, I said good-bye to school

Still he tried to tell me that I had no future there

But by then I’d seen such ugly things that I just didn’t care

So he told his boys to respect me, to watch over me all the time

And even though I didn’t like it, the decision wasn’t mine

One after another, my friends were getting killed

Another funeral to attend, another coffin filled

I was out there doing things that could have gotten me shot

And my poor Mami worried, cried, and prayed a lot

There were many situations I didn’t think I’d survive

But my Mami must have said a rosary, ‘cause Baby, I’m alive

And he kept trying to protect me even when he went to jail

He’d advise me when I visited, sent me letters in the mail

Eventually I left the neighborhood and ended up out here

I wanted to make a difference; I wanted a career

I ended up at Shoreline, a school that I adore

Everyone’s been so supportive, I couldn’t ask for more

The people here at Shoreline have played a vital role

And it’s because of all their help that I’ve achieved my goal

In the Fall I’ll be majoring in Sociology at Seattle U.

I never thought I’d get this far, it’s like a dream come true

My dream is to work with troubled youth who need someone to care

And because it’s so important, there’s a lesson I will share:

It’s not all about you, hard to believe, I know!

But every decision that you make will eventually come to show

That every action affects someone in a positive or negative way

So please be conscious of what you do each and every day

And because of who he was, I can’t say his name out loud

But if he could see and hear me now, I know I’ve made him proud.

Copyright, Angela Carranza

As she finished, the audience and other graduates gave Carranza a standing ovation.

Elizabeth Hanson, a Humanities professor, gave an equally stirring speech during the faculty address. Hanson spoke of the lessons she learned growing up in a family whose talent, she said, was "finding places for people to live."

Also during the ceremonies, five Professor Emeritus awards were given to:

  • Marianne Baker, Dental Hygeine
  • Helen Hancock, Mathematics
  • Nancy Matesy, Music Education
  • Linda Warren, Philosophy
  • Donna Wilde, Health Information Management

SCC/Jim Hills